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The older I get the tougher it is to bounce back from a big night out! I remember back in my bulletproof twenties, I could party the entire night, get home, have a shower, and still make it through a day’s work. Do you remember those days? Now it takes me 3 days to recover and a week before I start feeling human again. So, how do you recover from a monster hangover? What’s the trick? There are only a few things that have ever worked for me.

I want to hear how you guys recover from a hangover. I’ve never had a foolproof go-to-plan when I’ve woken up with bloodshot eyes, a splitting headache and a mouth so dry it feels like ISIS have forced me to eat bowls and bowls of Libyan desert sand.

What causes a hangover? Just in case you didn’t know?

The main cause is ethanol – the alcohol in your drinks. It’s a toxic chemical that works in the body as a diuretic, which means it makes you pee more, and you can become seriously dehydrated, as a result. Dehydration is one of the main causes of your hangover symptoms.

Sleep, water and the greasiest food I can find. That’s it for me!

These are the only things that work for me…and I’m not talking about that “sleep until mid-day” type of shut-eye. I’m an early riser, by nature, so if I get home from the party at 05H00, I will be up by 07H00. What generally helps me find some balance is an afternoon siesta. Yes, I’m a sissy like that, I know, but I take the pain the entire day, and if I can, I find some time to hit that killer nap in the afternoon, it helps lift the fog a little.

Fluid is critical. You know it’s been a big one if, during the night, your body is craving fluid so badly you are stumbling around the house at 02H30, still half inebriated, looking for the fridge, to down anything you can get your hands on, including the nasty pickle juice in the sweet and sour gherkin bottle. I’ve found that the trick is to slug as much water as you can get into your system before you crash. Well, that is if you are sober enough to remember to do it.

Some of the online research I’ve had a look at suggests that a greasy breakfast doesn’t work. It simply has no effect, but I’ve had more hangovers than the researchers writing that stuff, and it works for me 🙂

The greasier, the better. I’m talking about a triple Wimpy cheese burger with extra chips or a slap up breakfast with bacon, eggs, wors, hash browns and toast.

This is what has never worked for me – coffee. Dude, I love my coffee as much as the next guy, but I would rather stick pins in my eyes than face a cup of coffee, with a hangover. It’s just kak, and makes me feel twice as crap. Energy drinks don’t make a dent, and as much as I try, I just can’t do the whole “stay drinking the entire day” thing. Maybe, just maybe, I can get a Castle lite into my system 8 hours later, and I do find that kinda equalizes the system a little. But, don’t offer me a beer at 7am the next morning – it will remain un-drunk (what a waste!)

Here are a few hang-over remedies to try (found this online) , but the consensus is that they just don’t work :-

  • Hair of the dog –  (have another one china). It doesn’t really work because alcohol is toxic and all your body is crying out for is a break.
  • Alka-Seltzer -The famous fizzy medicine has been used to treat hangovers for decades. The baking soda is going to settle your  stomach a little, and the aspirin is going to help with the splitting headache, but that’s about it. Light relief at most.
  • Hangover pills – Lots of “cures” in a bottle but you are wasting your money with this stuff.
  • Exercise – Apparently it can be good for you…Unless the exercise involves climbing onto the couch and pointing the remote towards the LED on the wall, I’m out.
  • Water and sports drinks – Not going to suddenly make you feel right as rain, but guaranteed to get you back on the right track.

There is no magic cure for a hangover! If you are going to do the crime, you gotta do the time. A hangover is your body’s way of saying “Partake my friend, but abuse the situation and there will be consequences”. Could you imagine alcohol didn’t have an after effect on us? Jeez, we would all be raging alcoholics, walking around with beers in our hands 24/7. But what a lekka place the world would be, right?

SLEB

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